I love salads. My mom will proudly tell you that I would come home from school and beg for salad. I’m not picky about the type, I enjoy bean salads, green salads, grain salads and of course, fruit salads!
These Elegant Greens (p. 283) are a simple example of a perfect salad (in my opinion). Fresh greens, protein, fats and carbohydrates all combine to create a flavourful meal packed with nutrition.
But I eat a whole lot more than just salads…
I am working on a big project at work that has me at all-day off-site meetings. The organizer has been wonderful about ordering me separate vegan fare, which I graciously thank him for at every chance I get. I think demonstrating gratitude at every possible opportunity is really important – especially when you’re the token representative of a minority group (the strange vegan in this case). My lunch order has consisted of a large salad.
Unfortunately, the caterer has interpreted this as a bowl of ice berg lettuce and an albino tomato. Okay, that’s not what I would call a salad but I will eat it because it was specially prepared to meet my request.
On the first day, when someone commented, “wow, I could never be vegan and live on salad”, I took the opportunity to talk about all the variety available in the vegan diet. I reinforced the message by saying “I don’t mind eating this salad for lunch because I eat a lot of amazing food the rest of the time so this isn’t really a big deal”. We talked about how easy it is to be vegan and still enjoy Thai, Indian, Ethiopian, Italian and Chinese cuisine. I enthusiastically described some of the best vegan restaurants in the city and my weekend plans for preparing some awesome eats.
To me it was a passing discussion about salad, but today I realized the real impact of my words.
We reconvened after a weekend apart and over another unimpressive lunch many of the members shared how our discussion had been in their thoughts. One colleague had picked up The Kind Diet on the weekend and had been thinking about making a shift toward veganism. Another mentioned that they had been discussing veganism with friends over the weekend and had shared what a diverse diet it could be. The organizer described discovering a new vegetarian restaurant in town and how impressed he had been by the menu.
Truthfully, I was pretty awestruck by the experience. I was amazed that our brief conversation could have had such an effect on people who I had known for just a few days. I guess you never know how your words or actions may touch someone else’s life.
With this experience in mind I wanted to share the opportunity for you to select a recipe from Becoming Raw that is “so much more than salad”. Would you like to see the recipe for:
Celeriac Linguine with Bolognese Sauce;
Thai Spring Rolls with Spicy Pecan Sauce; or
Pesto and Sundried Tomato Pizza with Veggies?
What do you make for guests to showcase the diversity of vegan cuisine?
Have you ever unknowningly impacted the dietary choices of friends, family or acquaintances – only to find out later?
Are you a salad fiend? Do you have a salad recipe that pleases omnivores and herbivores alike?
After a long walk I lay on my couch for the most of the evening. It was a much needed recovery night.